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Old July 6, 2007, 04:31 PM   #1
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Deer load for .257 Roberts

What would be a good factory load for small to medium sized Texas hill country deer? (I don't reload)
Thanks for your advice.
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Old July 6, 2007, 04:38 PM   #2
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Oh, come on! If you're gonna ask about such a classic cartridge you should at least tell us a little about the rifle. I have dreams of finding a tang safety M77 Mannlicher stocked BOB with a butter knife bolt handle.
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Old July 6, 2007, 05:18 PM   #3
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Sorry fisherman66, it's not your dream gun but I like it. It's a M70 Featherweight.
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Old July 6, 2007, 05:33 PM   #4
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Put a full stock on her and I'd probably never notice it's not my dream BOB.
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Old July 6, 2007, 05:33 PM   #5
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Heck that ain't too shabby either! I'm jealous. I want a featherweight in 6.5x55 - shoulda bought one before USRAC shut down, dangit!

I'd imagine any softpoint bullet in the 90-117 grain range will do well if you do.
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Old July 6, 2007, 06:27 PM   #6
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Hornady light magnum rounds with interlock bullet.
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Old July 6, 2007, 07:25 PM   #7
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Are thge +P loads the way to go? Or is standard pressure OK?
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Old July 6, 2007, 07:27 PM   #8
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FirstFreedom, I did. Classic Featherweight 6.5x55. Honestly, I wonder how many of those were sold. I almost went for the .257 Roberts, though. In answer to the original question, I like the heavier bullets in a given caliber. Usually better ballistic coefficient to carry downrange, and better penetration when it gets there.
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Old July 6, 2007, 08:27 PM   #9
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I had a .257 Featherweight and accuracy was disappointing to say the least. I tried several handloads and factory ammo and the only ammo that would group under 2 inches was the WW 117 gr. Silvertip. If you don't handload, that is what I'd try.
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Old July 6, 2007, 09:12 PM   #10
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Fisherman,
Stop talking dirty if you are not going to post pics!


As I have said before, Dick Brown, of Shepherd, MT, bullet71hotmail.com, can provide you with anything you will ever need for your .257, and at a very reasonable price.

On smallish southern whitetails, pick a 100 grain SP and enjoy. These are nearly 25-06 like in trajectory.


For larger deer a 100gr partition or any 117/120 grain load will serve. Hornady Light Magnum 120gr stuff is pretty stout @ a claimed 2900 fps

In tight cover go with Rem. factory 117gr RNSP. They are very mild, but adequate, similar to the .250 Savage.


I have used them all in Montana, and not been disappointed.
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Old July 6, 2007, 09:16 PM   #11
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Sammy, I haven't found my BOB yet. I do have its pappy 7x57 though.

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Old July 6, 2007, 09:29 PM   #12
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Any factory load with a decent deer bullet will be sufficient.
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Old July 6, 2007, 10:03 PM   #13
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